Everything But The Girl have announced their first new studio album in over 24 years, ‘Fuse’, set to be released on April 21st.
Fans of the band’s electronic soul sound will be pleased to hear that their new album is a modern take on their mid-90s work. The album was written and produced by Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn over the spring and summer of 2021. The first single off the album, ‘Nothing Left to Lose’ comes with an accompanying music video from director Charlie Di Placido, which you can check out below.
Speaking about the band’s re-emergence and new album, Tracey said: “Ironically the finished sound of the new album was the last thing on our mind when we started in March 2021. Of course, we were aware of the pressures of such a long-awaited comeback, so we tried to begin instead in a spirit of open-minded playfulness, uncertain of the direction, receptive to invention.”
The band wrote and produced the album over the spring-summer of 2021, recording in secret at home and in a small riverside studio outside Bath with friend and engineer Bruno Ellingham.
Ben explains, “It was exciting. A natural dynamism developed. We spoke in short-hand, and little looks, and co-wrote instinctively. It became more than the sum of our two selves. It just became Everything But The Girl on its own”.
The album’s title ‘Fuse’ was inspired by the dynamic energy that was created in the studio as the band reunited after so many years. Tracey explains, “After so much time apart professionally, there was both a friction and a natural spark in the studio when we began. However much we underplayed it at the start, it was like a fuse had been lit. And it ended in a kind of coalescence, an emotional fusion. It felt very real and alive”.
The tracklisting reads:
Nothing Left To Lose
Run a Red Light
Caution to the Wind
When You Mess Up
Time and Time Again
No One Knows We’re Dancing